A few photos from the Cookout for Change that I went to a few weeks ago. There was a bake sale for Obama and a lemonade stand and a bunch of very cute kids.
There is no doubt in my mind that Obama/Biden are the candidates who will do more to ensure that these kids have a bright future.
One of the best articles I've read lately is A call to arms by Anne Lamott (a writer who I love). I agree with her that the Republican policies are "dangerous to children and old people, to innocent people in every part of the world." And I share her concerns for the environment. And polar bears.
Remember this old Carpenter's song? It keeps popping in my head these days as I think about the future:
Bless the beasts and the children
Give them shelter from a storm
Keep them safe, keep them warm
Recently I saw a commercial for Natural Gas that said that America has enough natural gas to last for 60 years. That's great but I'm like, what happens when THAT runs out? I might not be around in 60 years but my nephews and these children will be, god willing. We need to think like the Iroquois: "In every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations." We are all focused on the economy right now, but the environment is just as important an issue. Global warming is real, and despite what the Republicans say, humans are causing it.
This report, published last year by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is horrifying. In a nutshell:
"The evidence before the Committee leads to one inescapable conclusion: the Bush Administration has engaged in a systematic effort to manipulate climate change science and mislead policymakers and the public about the dangers of global warming."
It's a sad fact that we cannot trust the Republicans to address the problems of global warming because they are too busy trying to pretend that it doesn't exist. I have to take a deep breath when I think about those people lying about something this important. SAD!
The Sierra Club website has some good information presenting the facts about both candidates' positions on environmental issues: Election 2008: Change, Energy, and the Environment. And Obama's plan, New Energy for America, looks like a good start towards cleaning this mess up. Green collar jobs - that's exciting!
Three more weeks. Early voting starts here in NC on October 16 (two days from now) and I can see one of the precincts from my office window. I hope to see long long lines over there!